The Bodhisattva’s Confession of Downfalls: The Exalted Three Heaps Sutra

by Shakyamuni Buddha

 

All sentient beings constantly go for refuge in the Guru,
we go for refuge in the Buddha,
we go for refuge in the Dharma,
we go for refuge in the Sangha.

I prostrate to the Transcendent and Accomplished Conqueror, the One Gone to Thusness, the Foe Destroyer, the Authentically
Perfected Buddha Shakyamuni.

I prostrate to Heart-Essence of Vajra, the Full Subduer.
I prostrate to Radiation of Jewel-Light.
I prostrate to King of Powerful Nagas.
I prostrate to Commander of Heros.
I prostrate to Gladness of Glory.
I prostrate to Jewel Fire.
I prostrate to Jewel Moon-light.
I prostrate to Meaningful to Behold.
I prostrate to Jewel Moon.
I prostrate to Stainless.
I prostrate to Giver of Glory.
I prostrate to Purity.
I prostrate to Giver of Purity.
I prostrate to Water Deity.
I prosrtate to God of the Water Deities.
I prostrate to Glorious Excellence.
I prostrate to Glory of Chandana Powder.
I prostrate to Boundless Brilliance.
I prostrate to Glory of Light.
I prostrate to Glory of Not Having Sorrow.
I prostrate to Son of Freedom from Attachment.
I prostrate to Flower Glory.

I prostrate to the One Gone to Thusness, the Manifest Knowledge of the Utter Play of Brahma’s Light.
I prostrate to the One Gone to Thusness, the Manifest Knowledge of the Utter Play of Lotus Light.

I prostrate to Gem Glory.
I prostrate to Glory of Mindfulness.
I prostrate to Extremely and Universally Reknowned Auspicious Marks.
I prostrate to King of the Victory Banner of the Pinnacle of Power.
I prostrate to Glory of Extreme and Complete Overwhelming.
I prostrate to Extreme and Complete Victor in Battle.
I prostrate to Glory of Traveling Through Complete Overwhelming.
I prostrate to Glory of All-Illuminating Manifestation.
I prostrate to Completely Overwhelming Through a Jewel Lotus.

I prostrate to the Transcendent and Accomplished Conqueror, the One Gone to Thusness, the Foe Destroyer, the Authentically
Perfected Buddha Powerful King Who Fully Abides on a Lotus and Jewel Seat.

They and others, in all of the realms of the world-systems of the ten directions, the Ones Gone to Thusness, the Foe Destroyers, the Authentically Complete Buddhas, the Transcendent and Accomplished Conquerors, all of them that there are, each one, wherever they abide, however they remain, and however they stay, it is to all those Buddhas, Transcendent and Accomplished Conquerors that I request: please consider me!

In my present life and in all my births in beginningless and limitless samsara, in all the places that I have taken birth, I have performed negative and destructive karma, I have helped others to perform it, and I have rejoiced in others’ performing of it.

I have stolen the possessions of stupas, the possessions of the Sangha, that of the Sangha of the ten directions, I have helped others in stealing it, and I have rejoiced in the stealing of it.

I have performed the five grave actions of limitless consquence, I have helped others in performing them, and I have rejoiced in the performing of them.

I have entered into the totally taking up of the path of the ten non-virtuous actions, I have helped others to enter into it, and I have rejoiced in others’ entering of it.

Through whatever karmic obscurations I have, through their obscuring power, I will go the sentient beings’ hells, I will go to the abodes of the animals, I will go to the land of the hungry ghosts, I will be born in a remote border region, I will be born as a primitive, I will be born as a long-lifed god, I will be born with sense-faculties incomplete, and I will be born as a holder of wrong views.

All of those that there are, whatever karmic obscurations there may be, from such things as not offering service during the arising of a buddha, before the Buddhas, the Transcendent and Accomplished Conquerors, who have timeless awareness, who have deeper vision, who have power, who have valid cognition, and who see through their transcendent knowledge, before their divine eyes, I openly admit them! I confess them! I do not conceal them! I do not hide them!

Henceforth, as well, I shall cut them off and restrain them. So be it!

All of those Buddhas, Transcendent and Accomplished Conquerors, please be aware of me!

In this present life, and in all my births in beginningless and limitless samsara, in all the places I have taken birth in samsara, whatever roots of virtue I have,  even just minor generosity towards others, even merely giving a single morsel of food to a being born in the animal realm, whatever roots of virtue there are from protecting my ethical discipline, whatever roots of virtue there are from my abiding in pure conduct, whatever roots of virtue there are from my fully ripening sentient beings, whatever roots of virtue there are from my generation of bodhichitta, whatever roots of virtue there are from my practice of unsurpassable primal wisdom, I bring all of those together into one, embrace them all,  and combine them all together. Through the unexcelled, the highest, the highest of the highest, the deepest of the deepest, most thorough dedication, I thoroughly dedicate it to unsurpassable, authentically complete awakening!

Thus, in just the way that the Buddhas, the Transcendent and Accomplished Conquerors of the past thoroughly dedicated, in just the way that the Buddhas, the Transcendent and Accomplished Conquerors yet to come will thoroughly dedicate, and in just the way that the Buddhas, the Transcendent and Accomplished Conquerors presently abiding are dedicating, I, likewise, will also dedicate in the same way!

I confess all negative actions individually!
I rejoice in all merit!
I entreat and pray to all the buddhas!
May I attain unexcelled sacred supreme wisdom!

To all those supreme amongst humans, whichever ones are abiding now,
whichever ones of the past, and likewise whichever ones yet to come,
to all of those who are like oceans of limitless praise-worthy qualities,
I fold my hands, and intensely go for refuge!

THE MAHAYANA SUTRA KNOWN AS THE ARYA THREE HEAPS IS COMPLETE.

Translated by Erick Sherab Zangpo.

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